PHIL-CAN LODGE #137 Grand Lodge of Quebec Ancient Free & Accepted Masons Montreal, Quebec Canada

Of my own free will and accord...

10 Guides for Freemasons:
Author Unknown

1. I am the representative of my Lodge and of all Free and Accepted
Masons. Whatever I do or say reflects directly upon myself, and my
fellow Freemasons everywhere and our good works.

2. I am responsible for what my Lodge and Freemasonry represent. They
can be no more than what my fellow Freemasons and I make them.

3. I should not criticize what my fellow Freemasons do for
Freemasonry unless I have a better suggestion and I am prepared to do
it myself.

4. I must remember that the fact that I bear the name, Master Mason
or Freemason, is not enough. I must continue to be worthy.

5. My fellow members and I are our Lodge and Freemasonry. Without our
active support they cease to exist

6. My Lodge does me a favor by calling upon me. I am not doing the
Lodge a favor by serving. It is both an obligation and a privilege to
help the Lodge and Freemasonry

7. I should treat my fellow Freemasons with the same respect, honor,
and understanding that I would like to receive from them.

8. It is not a right to be a Freemason; it is an honor. I should
respect that honor by abiding by all of the precepts of my Lodge, my
Grand Lodge, and Freemasonry as a whole.

9. Whatever differences my fellow Freemasons and I may have, we are
all bound together by the bonds of our loyalty to The GAOTU, our
families, the Lodge, and Freemasonry.

10. The willing Master Mason and his understanding family are the
lifeblood of the Lodge and Freemasonry.

Pagpupugay sa Watawat

 PAGPUPUGAY SA WATAWAT

Ang watawat na naladlad sa inyong harapan ay siyang watawat ng ating
bansa, ang Pilipinas.
Kumakatawan ito sa isang bayang nagkaka-isa, na sa bawat himaymay, ay
may angkop na hugis ng kabuoan; isang pangheograpikong sakop ng mga
lupain na walang kabawasan: Isang Republika, demokratiko, Malaya at
nagsasarili.
Ito'y siyang sagisag ng pambansang kalayaan, na nagsasalarawan ng
lahat ng kaakit-akit at dinadakila sa buhay ng Pilipino. Hinubog ng
matipunong kamay ng panahon, binigyang buhay ng isang mapagmahal sa
kalayaang mga mamamayan at inakay ng mapagpalang diwa sa luklukan ng
mga bansa.
Naging pamalagiang palatandaan ito ng ating mga pagmamana at nabubuhay
na sagisag ng ating mga karapatan ng tayo ay isilang.
Ang kaluluwa nito'y mabubuhay hanggang sa wakas ng panahon at ang
kanyang matatayog na mga adhika ay matatapos lamang kapag ang mga
bansa at mga lahi ay magmaliw ng ganap.
Ang araw ay nangangahulugan ng kawalang-hanggang buhay ng ating bansa
at sagisag ng palagiang liwanag na pumapatnubay sa kapalaran ng ating
lahi. Ang walong silahis ay kumakatawan sa unang mga lalawigang
nagkasama-sama.
Tinutukoy ng tatlong mga bituin ang tatlong malalaking mga pook.
Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao, na inihandog sa atin ng kalikasan ayon sa
kalooban ng Poong Maykapal.
Ang puting tatsulok ay nagsasaad sa ating mapayapa at magiliw na mga
hangarin gayundin ng katapatan at kawagasan ng ating mga gawain, ng
tatlong mga simulain ng Masonerya, ang pagmamahal-kapatid, pagsaklolo
at katotohanan, at ng mga banal na panuntunan ng pananalig, pag-asa't
pag-ibig.
Ang bughaw na kalawakan ay nagpapakilala ng ating pag-ibig sa Inang
Bayan, at ang matayog na panuntunan at hangarin. At ang malapad na
habing pula ay nagpapahayag ng ating walang humpay na kakayahan na
nagpapanatili sa atin ng isang bahagi sa kalawakan ng kalangitan.
Sa Kabuoan. Ang tatsulok, ang araw at ang tatlong mga bituin na
bumubuo ng ating watawat ay maliwanag na mga sagisag ng pagkakapatiran
ng tao sa ilalim ng pagiging Ama ng Diyos.
Tulad ng pinangarap ng ating mga ninuno, nawa'y pumailanlang ito sa
ibabaw ng lupain ng maliligayang mga mamamayan sa panghabang panahon.
Hayun, ang ating watawat, wumawagayway, isang sagisag ng pambihirang
ganda at makabayang kahulugan; ang palagiang ulirang-pananglaw ng
ating mga mamamayan sa isang mapayapa, nagsasarili at malayang
pamumuhay.
Magpugay kayo dito, sapagkat ito ang kabuoang ganap ng kaligayahan ng
ating mga ninuno sa panahon ng mga siglong nagdaan.
Hagkan ninyo ito, sapagkat ito ang watawat ng magigiting na mga anak
ng ating sina Raha Soliman at Maria Clara.
Dam'hin ninyo ito sa inyong dibdib sapagkat ito ang banal na watawat
ng minumutya nating Pilipinas.
Ingatan ninyo ito sa inyong mga puso, sapagkat ito ang palatandaan ng
ating mga kapatid na nagbuwis ng buhay sa kapakanan ng ating bayan.
Mahalin ninyo ito, sapagkat ito ang walang kasinghalagang ala-ala ng
ating bayan na mananatili magpakailanman sa lahat ng magiging katayuan
natin sa buhay.
Igalang ninyo ito nang lubusan, sapagkat ito ang nabubuhay na katauhan
ng diwa ng lupang ating sinilangan.
Pintuhiin ninyo ito, sapagkat ito ang banal na tibabal na siyang
pinantakip sa duguan at luray-luray na katawan ng ating mga kawal na
nangamatay.
Magpala at ialay ito sa Maykapal, sapagkat ito ang bunga ng mga
pagpapakasakit ng ating mga bayaning namamayapa na.
At magtiwala sa makapangyarihang Diyos at sa makataong katarungan
upang ito ay mapamalaging sa inyo, sa inyong mga anak, at iaanak pa ng
inyong mga anak; luwalhatiin at lalong higit na pagpalain, nang ang
mga namatay sa kapakanan nito, sana'y di nangamatay nang walang
kabuluhan.

The Philippine Flag

The Philippine flag - its masonic roots.
Time and again it has been asserted that masonry played an important role in the design of the Philippine flag and that some of its symbols were meant to memorialize the Craft. These assertions are essentially plausible, for the man principally responsible for its design — President Emilio Aguinaldo — was a zealous masonic partisan. In one of his speeches delivered after the Revolution, Aguinaldo said; "The successful Revolution of 1896 was masonically inspired, masonically led, and masonically executed. And I venture to say that the first Philippine Republic of which I was its humble president, was an achievement we owe, largely, to masonry and the freemasons." Speaking of the revolutionists, he added; "With God to illumine them, and masonry to inspire them, they fought the battle of emancipation and won." During the Revolution, Aguinaldo frequently displayed a marked bias in favor of freemasons and masonry. He made membership in the masonic fraternity an important qualification for appointments to government positions. His nepotism was so pronounced, a critic of masonry denounced it as one of the "evils" of the Revolution. In his Memoirs, Felipe Calderon, the President of the Malolos Congress, claimed that the "sectarian masonic spirit" undermined the insurrection. He also argued that some serious dissensions among Filipinos originated, "more than for anything else, from the mania of Aguinaldo, or rather of his adviser, Mabini, to elevate any person who was a mason" It should not come as a surprise to anyone, therefore, if Aguinaldo decided to extol masonry in the Philippine flag.
Some of the claims made in favor of the masonic link of the Philippine flag, however, are so lavish they strain the reader’s credulity. If all are to be accepted at face value, we cannot avoid the conclusion that our national emblem is a clone of the masonic banner and that all the devices and symbols used in it are of masonic origin, from the triangle, to the sun and stars, down to its colours. The lavish claims, however, were made by freemasons and, therefore, the possibility of exaggeration or embellishment, owing to over enthusiasm, cannot be discounted. Moreover, Aguinaldo did not make a written affirmation of the masonic connection of the flag. On the contrary, some of his official statements do not jibe with the exceedingly generous assertions of the freemasons. A close scrutiny of the claims in favor of Freemasonry must, therefore, be undertaken. But first let us describe the Filipino flag.
The Hong Kong designed flag that Aguinaldo brought with him from his exile on board the US dispatch boat McCullock, and which became the official flag of the first Philippine Republic, consisted of two horizontal stripes, blue on top and red below. It had a white equilateral triangle at the hoist that is smaller than that in our flag today. Within the triangle, at its center, a mythological sun was depicted with eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth in black, bearing eight rays without any minor ray for each, and three five-pointed stars, one at each angle of the triangle. All these devices were in gold or yellow colour.
Shortly after its landing on Philippine soil, the flag saw a baptism of fire and blood in several combats with Spanish colonial troops. On June 12, 1898, it was officially consecrated as our national flag at the ceremonial Proclamation of Independence held at Kawit, Cavite. The signer of the proclamation took their oath of allegiance saying: "The undersigned solemnly swear allegiance to the flag and will defend it to the last drop of their blood."
The Aguinaldo flag served as our national emblem up to the conquest of our country by the Americans. During the American régime, the display of the Philippine flag was proscribed from 1902 to 1919. In October of 1919, the ban was officially lifted, but seventeen years of non-use blurred memories about its details. The generation born under the aegis of the new dispensation was unfamiliar with the flag and the few samples that survived were either tattered, faded or termite-eaten. Hence, when Philippine Flag Day was observed on October 30, 1919, there was no uniformity in the design of the Filipino flag. Any tricolour with or without the sunburst device and three stars within a white triangle was taken as the Filipino flag. For well over a decade the confusion surrounding the design of the flag persisted.
To do away with irregularities and discrepancies, President Manuel L. Quezon issued Executive Order No. 23, on March 25, 1936, specifying the different elements of the flag. Quezon not only set a uniform pattern for the making of our national emblem as to the size and arrangement of its symbolic elements, he also caused major amendments of its features, to wit:
the mythological sun was changed to a solid golden sunburst without any marking;
the eight single rays in Aguinaldo’s flag replaced by eight major rays with two minor beams for each ray;
the size of the equilateral triangle was made larger by making any side equal to the width of the flag at the hoist; and
the colour blue in the upper stripe was standardized to dark blue.
Let us now evaluate the statements that postulate the link between the flag and masonry, viz a viz official announcements on the origin and meanings of the flag’s symbols.
Masonic Claims -
Among the more credible assertions relied upon to establish the tie between masonry and the flag are the following:
In October 1899, Ambrocio Flores, Grand Master of the Gran Consejo Regional and at that time a general in the army of Aguinaldo, wrote letters to the Grand Lodges in the United States appealing to them to employ their influence to help the fledgling Philippine Republic. In these letters he compared the Philippine flag to the masonic banner saying, "...this national flag resembles closely our masonic banner starting from its triangular quarter to the prominent central position of its resplendent sun surrounded in its triangular position by three 5-pointed stars. Even in its three coloured background, it is the spitting image of our Venerable Institution’s banner so that when you see it in any part of the world, waving with honor amidst the flags of other nations and acknowledged by these nations, let us hope that with this flag, and through it, our common parent, Freemasonry will likewise be so honored."
In his beautiful Grand Oration pronounced in 1928, historian Teodoro M. Kalaw, Sr., uttered these words: "And the triangle appearing on the Philippine flag, the loftiest symbolism of the struggles of the Filipino people, was put there, according to President Aguinaldo, as an homage to Freemasonry."
Felipe Calderon, writing with a pejorative and anti-masonic tone, said in his Memoirs:
It is not a secret to any person that one of the causes of the Philippine insurrection against Spain, ... was the animosity of the people ... against the religious corporations .... As a result of this animosity against the religious corporations, a tendency which we might call anti-Catholic developed in certain organizations and individuals of the Revolution so that masonry considered the insurrection, and therefore also the revolution , as it own work and even put the triangle in the Filipino flag. As I have already said, this was an evil that had a noxious influence upon the entire body of the Revolution, because Mabini and its followers considered every mason as qualified to carry out any undertaking, and at that time membership in a masonic lodge was the best recommendation a man could possess.
In the Question and Answer column of the April 1929 issue of The Cabletow, there appeared the following:
Question - The statement was frequently made that the triangle, sun, and stars in the Philippine flag are of masonic origin. This same statement, made by the managing editor of the CABLETOW in a lecture delivered by him, has lately been repeated in Bro. Emmanuel A. Baja’s book entitled "Our Country’s Flag and Anthem." Having heard the correctness of this statement doubted, I would like to know on what authority it is based.
Answer. - The Editor of this column has heard this statement made by several freemasons who can be considered authorities on the subject, including Wor. Bro. Emilio Aguinaldo, erstwhile president of the Philippine Republic, Bro. Tomas G. del Rosario, M. W. Bro. Felipe Buencamino, and several others. x x x."
PGM Emilio Vitara, a long time private secretary of President Aguinaldo, revealed that Aguinaldo personally acknowledged the indebtedness of the Philippine flag to masonic emblems and symbols.
Official and semi-official explanations of the symbols -
Ranged against the forgoing claims, are the following official and semi-official pronouncements relative to the symbols in the flag: In the Proclamation of Philippine Independence signed in 1898 by Aguinaldo and 96 other Filipino leaders, which consecrated the Hong Kong-designed flag of Aguinaldo as the national emblem of our country, it was stressed:
The white triangle represents the distinctive emblem of the famous Katipunan Society, which means of its blood compact suggested to the masses the urgency of insurrection, the three stars represented the three principal islands of the Archipelago, Luzon, Mindanao and Panay, wherein this revolutionary movement broke out: the sun represents the gigantic strides that have been made by the sons of this land on the road to progress and civilization: its eight rays symbolize the eight provinces: Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna and Batangas, which were declared in a state of war almost as soon as the first revolutionary movement was initiated; and the colours blue, red and white, commemorate those of the flag of the United States of North America in manifestation of our profound gratitude towards that great nation for the disinterested protection she is extending to us and will continue to extend to us.
In a speech before the Malolos Congress, Aguinaldo added the following nationalistic interpretation of the meaning of the three colours of the flag:
Behold this banner with three colours, three stars and a sun, all of which have the following meaning: the red signifies the bravery of the Filipinos which is second to none, a colour that was first used by the revolutionists of the province of Cavite on the 31st of August 1896, until peace reigned with the truce of Biak-na-Bato. The blue signifies that whoever will attempt enslave the Filipinos will have to eradicate them first before they give way. The white signifies that the Filipinos are capable of self-government like other nations… The three stars with five points signify the islands of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao…And, lastly, the eight rays of the rising sun signify the eight provinces of Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Morong, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite where martial law was declared. These are the provinces which give light to the Archipelago and dissipated the shadows that wrapped her… By the light of the sun, the Aetas, the Igorots, the Mangyans, and the Moslems are now descending from the mountains, and all of them I recognize as my brothers.
Further explanation was supplied by a letter, dated 6 September 1926, from Carlos Ronquillo, the then private secretary of Aguinaldo, addressed to Emmanuel A. Baja.
The sun I am referring to ... was the mythological sun with eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth. It was not the artistic one nor the Japanese sun. It was the same sun which appears on the flag of some South American Republics. And I can assure you of this because I drew the design myself by order and instruction of the President, General Aguinaldo.
The adoption of the sun was resolved in order that the flag of the Katipunan could be transformed into "the flag of the republic" sustained and defended heroically not only by the Katipunan men but also by the whole people who had joined the Revolution which was started by the worthy "Association of the Sons of the People."
A few months before the Peace of Biak-na-Bato, the Battalion of Pasong Balite, whose commander was the brave gallant General Gregorio H. Del Pilar, had adopted as their ensign a flag which much resembled the present national flag. It had a blue triangle without a sun or stars, the upper half portion was red and the lower half was black. Like the present Philippine flag, its general outline was inspired also by the Cuban flag.
From these statements it would seem that the devices in the flag were adopted for reasons other than paying homage to Freemasonry. Only the triangle is traceable to Freemasonry through the Katipunan which itself was admittedly and unabashedly patterned after Freemasonry. Even the models would appear to be not the masonic banner, but the flags of Cuba, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. With all these as a backdrop, let us now evaluate and examine the contentions of the freemasons.
The letter of Flores -
The assertion of Ambrocio Flores that the Filipino flag was a spitting image of the masonic banner definitely packs a lot of weight. As a General in the army of Aguinaldo, Flores was familiar with the Filipino flag, and as Grand Master of the Gran Consejo Regional he was also thoroughly conversant with the masonic banner. He, therefore, knew what he was thinking about when he compared the flag of the masonic banner. Unfortunately no document has come down to us that corroborate the statement of Flores. His claim, therefore, cannot be verified.
The triangle -
The loftiest and most sublime symbol of masonry in the days of the Revolution was the equilateral triangle. The masonic ritual called it the most perfect figure that could be drawn with lines and regarded it as an appropriate emblem of perfection or divinity.
The triangle was the first masonic object shown to a candidate for the admission into the mysteries of the craft. Prior to initiation he was brought to a chamber of reflections by the "Terrible" and placed in front of a table upon which was laid a triangle. Here he was obliged to answer questions concerning his concept of man’s duty to God, to himself and to his fellowmen. Inside that lodge the triangle was everywhere. It was on aprons worn by all the officers and members. Stone triangles were placed upon the throne of the "Venerable Maestro" (Worshipful Master) and on the altars of the "Prime Vigilante" (Senior Warden) and the "Segundo Vigilante" (Junior Warden). The tables of the Senior and Junior Wardens and the "Limosnero" (Almoner) were triangular in shape and so were the stools provided for the initiates. The perfect ashlar was represented by a "cubico pyramidal." And the noblest emblem in the lodge, the one which is equivalent to today’s letter "G" suspended in the East in all lodges, was the "Delta Sagrada" (Sacred Triangle) with the name of the Great Architect of the Universe inscribed in the center in Hebraic characters.
The triangle also appeared constantly in masonic communications. Many words frequently employed in documents, like taller, logia, hermano, Venerable Maestro, bateria, Salud, Fuerza y Union, were abbreviated and the abbreviations ended not with single dot but three dots arranged in a form of triangle.
In as much as the triangle was the heavyweight among masonic emblems, it became the favorite symbol of the freemasons, including Aguinaldo. This is the symbol the freemasons inscribed on their rings, cuff-links and other jewelries. Aguinaldo, for his part, used it repeatedly in his letters and documents. He incorporated it in the postage and telegraph stamps issued by his government and on the coins which he ordered minted. Even the insignias on the chevrons of the officers of the Revolution bore the triangle. In social gatherings Aguinaldo never forgot the triangle. On his 31st birthday (22 March 1900), he served lunch to his guests in his mountain hideout on a "triangular table for 150 persons." When the anniversary of the ratification of Philippine independence by the Malolos Congress was celebrated in Palanan, Isabela on 29 September, Aguinaldo again tendered lunch for the celebrants on a huge triangular table that could seats 200 persons. Years later, when he entertained his guests in the spacious yard of his mansion in Kawit, Cavite after his installation as Master of his lodge, had all the tables where food was served arranged in the form of a giant triangle.
The Spanish authorities were also aware of the importance placed by freemasons upon the triangle. Its discovery on any document was taken as a dead give-away that it was masonic. Thus, among the pieces of evidence accepted as proof of the guilt of the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite, were a booklet with a triangle on its frontispiece and a large photograph confiscated from Hugo Perez, the Master of España en Filipinas lodge in Cavite containing several pictures of the members of his lodge arranged in triangular form.
In light of the important role the triangle played in masonic rituals and symbolism it would be the logical and natural choice of any endeavor to pay tribute to Freemasonry. Taking into account Aguinaldo’s ardent love affair with the masonic triangle, and considering further that the claimed masonic tie of the triangle in the Filipino flag does not collide with official explanations of the symbols in the flag, and considering, finally, that even a masonic critic in the person of Calderon asserted that the triangle was included in the flag by freemasons, I submit we can accept the statement which Kalaw attributed To Aguinaldo that the triangle in the flag was placed there as a tribute to masonry. The Sun, Stars, and Colors - The sun, stars, and colours red, white and blue are minor emblems in the pantheon of masonic symbolism. They were overshadowed by the square, compasses, level, plumb, etc. The only place were the sun, stars, and the three colours had a degree of importance was in the "Decoracion de la Logia" (Decoration of the lodge).
The rituals of the Grand Oriente Español most emphatically stated that the lodge was a representation of the universe. It directed that the lodge be rectangular in shape and its four walls be denominated East, South, West and North. In the East it was required that a "disco radiante" (radiant disk) be placed representing the sun. Rays radiated from the East, diminishing in brilliance until they reached the West where they were convered with clouds. The ceiling was painted to represent a starlit sky. Stars were also used on the fingers of the canopy covering the throne of Venerable Master. Likewise the altar was draped with red velvet on which was embroidered the square and compasses with a five-pointed stars in the center. Furthermore, a five-pointed star, with the letter "G" in the center, was the symbol of the fellow craft degree.
Red and blue were the dominant colours in the lodge. The walls of the lodge were draped with blood red colour (colgaduras encarnadas) and the altars of the Wardens, the tables of the Orator, Secretary, Treasurer and Almoner, the long benches, the stools for initiates, and all the chairs in the lodge were upholstered or covered with red. On the other hand, the canopy covering the throne of the Worshipful Master was sky blue and even the ceiling of the lodge had a hint of blue. To a Master, therefore, sitting upon his throne, the colours which he saw if he looked straight ahead or to either side was red, and blued if he looked up. Also, the banner which the Statues prescribed for the Federation of the Gran Oriente Español had a blue stripe on top and a red one at the bottom. That for a Blue lodge was blue and the one for a Chapter of Rose Croix was red.
If we give a free reign to our imagination, a similarity between the decoration of the lodge and the Filipino flag could easily be perceived. But imagination cannot be the basis for the historicity of the masonic heritage of the flag. Moreover, it is doubtful if Aguinaldo in those days ever saw a lodge decorated in strict accordance with the specification of the ritual. Masonic meetings were then held on the run, because of the persecution of freemasons by the Spanish colonial powers. Meetings had to be kept secret from profane eyes and were moved from one place to another to avoid detection. Even the triangular tables and other paraphernalia had to be so designed that they could be dismantled and rearranged at a moment’s notice to resemble ordinary furniture. For freemasons to have painted the walls and ceiling of their meeting place in conformity with ritual would have been the height of imprudence. The most that can therefore be said is that Aguinaldo must have been aware of the prescribed decoration of the lodge through the rituals with which he was undoubtedly familiar.
In conclusion, I submitted that of all the symbols and devices in the flag it is only the triangle whose masonic parentage may be accepted. The basis for the masonic link of the sun, stars, and colours of the flag are too slim to make out a solid case. But the presence of even only one masonic symbol in the flag should make freemasons proud. After all, it was the premier symbol of the Craft — the symbol of perfection — that was selected for inclusion.
The masonic connection of the Philippine flag does not end with its design. Freemasons have played significant roles during the most memorable events where the flag has been unfolded on Philippine soil. On June 12, 1892, when Philippine independence was proclaimed at Kawit, Cavite a Proclamation of Independence, written by freemason (Ambrocio Rianzares Bautista) and signed by another mason (Aguinaldo), was read. Thereafter a freemason (Rianzares Bautista) displayed the flag before the populace. On October 14, 1943, Philippine Independence was proclaimed anew under the sponsorship of the Japanese Imperial forces. A freemason (Jorge B. Vargas of Sinukuan lodge) read the proclamation terminating the Japanese Military Administration and thereafter another freemason (Aguinaldo) hoisted the flag marking the first time since the start of the Japanese occupation that the flag was displayed in public. On July 4, 1946, for a third time, Philippine independence was announced to the world. On this occasion a Proclamation signed by a mason (President and PGM Harry S. Truman) was read by another freemason (Paul V. McNutt) at the Luneta after which a third freemason (President Manuel A. Roxas, Past Master of Makawiwili lodge No. 55), raised the Philippine standard.
Considering the historic link between the Philippine flag and Freemasonry, no one should begrudge the freemasons of the Philippines if they behold our flag with unbounded pride. To Philippine freemasons, the flag is not only an emblem of liberty and a symbol of the valour and sacrifices of our people, it is also a memorial to the fraternity which they so dearly loved.

Text provided by MW Bro. Reynold S. Fajardo, PGM, GMH. Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of the Philippine, 2004/11/15

Philippine Culture 101

Focus on Filipino Americans: The Best Kept Secret
Philippine Culture 101
By France Viana


Last December 2003, the Asian Business Association, Inc., in
partnership with Wells Fargo, Filipinas Magazine, IW Group, Inter
Trend Communications and Dae Advertising presented a seminar "The
Growing Importance of the U.S. Asian Market: Focus on Filipino
American-The Best Kept Secret." This seminar was presented to
different business groups to help them understand and tap into this
growing ethnic market.

Filipino Americans have been in the United States since the 16th
century, yet very little is known about them. Why do they seem
invisible? With $50 billion in buying power, what makes this 2-
million strong community tick?

Textbooks say that the Philippines is composed of 7,100 islands. The
truth is, no one knows exactly how many there are at any given
point, it depends on the tide. So it is with Philippine culture.
There are so many different influences that come into the mix that a
homogenous culture is hard to define and I am not going to even
attempt to do so.

Instead, what I will do in the next 10 minutes or so is give you a
quick psychographic handle on the culture by speaking on the top 4
influences on our culture and some marketing dos and don'ts. To do
so I am going to have to make some sweeping generalizations to which
there are many many exemptions, so please keep that in mind. I will
end by teaching you two tricks to find out if someone is Filipino
and to actually pass for one yourselves.)

You've heard our historical backdrop: Four hundred years under
Spain, 50 years under the U.S. and 4 under Japan. In fact, our being
named one people is a fairly recent artifice. The term Filipino
originally referred to Spaniards born in the Philippines. To
understand what all this colonization has done to us as a people,
imagine what is like spending 400 years in a convent followed by 50
years in Hollywood.

This is why as a culture we have so many contradictions and are both
sophisticated and superstitious, conservative and flamboyant,
sheltered and sexy. We wear the latest sexiest Victoria's Secret
lingerie to bed but under the pillow we will hide a rosary.


To become a quick expert on Filipino culture all you have to do is
remember is our top four influences: the four F's in Filipino:
Family, Face, Faith, and Fiesta.


Family and Friendship


If there is one value universal to the Filipino, it is Family. From
our tribal heritage, we still place prime survival importance on our
families. Respect for elders is one of our big rules. A customary
greeting for the elders is the mano. (demonstrate).

Family comes before the individual. Older children are expected to
sacrifice their personal goals to put their younger siblings through
college. Everyone is expected to chip in if any family member needs
anything.

Parents generally set up their children with whatever they can
afford, schooling, a stake in business, buying them their first car
and first home is very common. In turn, adult children take care of
all their parent's needs. Separation is very difficult thing for
Filipinos. Moving away before one is married is generally frowned
on, in fact many newly weds continue to live with their parents.


The concept of the most successful member of a family taking care of
all the rest follows the Filipino when he migrates to America. He is
expected to share his newfound wealth with the family back home and
he does. You've heard how we send back over $5Billion dollars in
remittances each year and about our infamous balikbayan box, our
cultural care packages.

We send somewhere like a whopping 500,000 boxes back home every
year. And what do we fill them with? Products only a culture
seriously afflicted with colonial mentality could love: Dove soap,
Wesson oil, Reebok Shoes, Charmin toilet paper, Pantene shampoo, and
yes, we admit it. Spam. Cans and cans of Spam along with corned
beef, Hormel's Vienna sausage and Tang. Those companies would have
gone out of business long ago but for the favor of the Filipino.


And who do we send these all too? Just how big is our family? You
can't begin to imagine. We count as family members our nuclear
family of 3 and often 4 generations, each with an average family
size of 4.2. Then our inlaws each of which is acknowledged with a
term, much like Eskimos have 20 words for snow and Asians 20 words
for rice. Terms like balae, biyanan, bayaw, manugang, hipag and
bilas ." Next we embrace our parents close friends into the family
by calling them all Tito and Tita, or Aunt and Uncle.


Then we have godparents. At baptisms, confirmation and wedding
ceremonies, prominent friends are recruited to serve as godparents
forever binding them to the welfare of their inaanak or godchildren.
In the Philippines, it is not uncommon for a smart Filipino parent
to get a friend doctor, lawyer, or dentist as a godparent for their
child ensuring free services for life.


Added to that is the relationship created by two godparents, two
people who say meet at a wedding ceremony where each has been chosen
as a godparent. Now these two people claim a relation to each other
as kumare and kumpadre, again binding them to rituals of giftgiving
and socializing.


We are very close. According to a Lifestyles report, 95% of all
spouses remember their spouse's birthdays, the highest proportion in
Asia. 66% phone their spouses everyday . The familial terms of
endearment show themselves in our naming conventions. Husband and
wife refer to each other as "Mommy" and "Daddy". We never outgrow
our pet names like Bong Bong, Ting Ting, Pong, Ping, Totoy Boy Girl,
Pinky or simply Baby. It doesn't matter what position we rise to we
keep these names. In the Philippines we actually have a Governor
Ting Ting, a Congressman Bong Bong, a Senator Tito and Judge Pinky.


The strength of the family unit is mirrored in the economic
structure of the Filipinos. Most of the 1000 top corporation in the
Philippines are family owned and are synonymous with family last
names. Filipinos use this extended family as an employment network.
If one Filipino lands a good job, all his relatives, inlaws,
godparents and godchildren, titos and titas, in fact anyone he knows
feels entitled to ask his help to get them a job their too, and they
do!


Let me talk about uniquely Filipino family related values known as
utang na loob, pakikisama, and kababayan. Utang na loob means
literally, inner debt or debt of self, it is a debt which can never
be repayed and it is owned to parents and patrons. One is expected
to show complete loyalty to a fault because one has somehow been
mentored by an elder.


"Pakikisama" is a value of going with the group's wishes, another
outcrop of our tribal origins, and the complete opposite to the
American glorification of the individual. Right or wrong, the
Filipino is thought to be rude and badly behaved when he goes
against th egroup's wishes.


Then we have what Rene Ciria Cruz dubbed the kababayan impulse. When
we meet our countryman or kababayan overseas we immediately
acknowledge the connection with special treatment. Meet a fellow
Filipino and might get an extra slice of pizza, be put at the head
of a waitlist at get a better room at check in, or a speeding ticket
waived get your speeding tickets waived. We like to help each other
when we can.


As you see, we have a very broad concept of family, all of whom we
celebrate with, shop for, send money and balikbayan boxes to. That
is one reason we are such enormous consumers. It is a marketers
dream.


Face


The second big F as in Filipino is the concept of Face. Similar to
other Asian cultures, the Filipino puts great emphasis on saving
face and looking good. He goes through great lengths to avoid being
shamed, or "hiya" and he tries to save other people's face too. This
results in an extensive use of euphemisms in our conversation. The
most common misunderstanding between a Western and a Filipino is the
latter's use of the word "yes". When invited to an event a Filipino
will easily say yes even if he has no intention of going—to save the
inviter's face. A Filipino yes may mean I'll try, I don't know, I
don't want to talk about it any more, or even no—all depending on
the situation. In the workplace or in social organizations, he will
not voice a contradictory opinion directly, instead phrasing his
opinion as a question or just keeping silent.


This is where Fil Ams, or American born Filipinos reveal the
greatest difference to their native counterparts: they are not
afraid to speak their own opinions and voice dissent.
Face dictates that the person puts on a big show, always looking
good regardless of economic circumstances, which can result in going
into debt. We have the "Pakitang tao" mentality which means
literally means "show people", and is our version of keeping up with
the Joneses, putting on a big show even if we cannot afford it.


The Filipino is " the most fashion conscious in Asia and eagerly
adopts whatever the latest Western style is. We call this in
slang "paporma" or posturing.


Face makes us very name brand conscious and huge consumers of status
brands. It is interesting to note how immigrants change their brand
loyalties depending on their degree of acculturation. When he first
comes, the Filipino is adorned in Gucci, only to realize that Gucci
is passe and so it doesn't take long for him to figure out that now
he has to buy Prada. The Filipino born immigrant is most likely to
drive a Mercedes Benz, the status symbol in the Philippines, whereas
the FilAm will drive a Lexus, the local symbol.


Face also makes us identify and claim the triumphs of our countrymen
as our own. We feel immensely proud when a Lea Salonga wins a Tony
or a Josie Natori makes it to Fortune magazine. We are as proud as
though they were our relatives---oops, I guess for sure if we dig
back they are. This makes us really listen to famous Filipinos as
spokespersons, something marketers might note.
I am using the category of Face to talk about identity and I want to
point out two importance things about the Filipino today.


First the older generation, from the boomers on, are more identified
with Hispanic than Asian customs, just an offshoot of our history.
What researchers are finding is that there is a resurgence among the
second generation, the younger FilAms, of identifying with their
Asian heritage.


And finally another thing to remember about how we like to be
identified and addressed: Researchers report that Filipinos in
America often do not respond in surveys to the label Filipino. They
do not check those boxes, do not claim they are Filipino even if
Filipino American. We like to be talked to as Americans, as
citizens, however we appreciate our heritage being acknowledged. So
remember you are marketing to a Filipino American, or as Emil
Guillermo is trying to popularize the term, American Filipinos.


Faith


Then there's FAITH. Four hundred years is a very long time to spend
in the convent and no wonder we haven't quite shaken the habit if
you forgive the pun. Faith is the 400 pound gorilla in the room of
the Filipino social structure. At least externally, we faithfully
observe all Catholic holy days, rituals, and feast days mixed in
with our own folk rituals. The Catholic church is a big influence
not only on our spiritual life but in our political and economic
affairs.


One of our unique attitudes can be summed up as the "bahala na"
syndrome, meaning "God will take care of it." Filipinos do not
generally plan ahead or make take precautions, feeling that somehow
things will work out in the end. Our Muslim citizens in the South
are equally staunch about their faith, allowing it to define much of
their identities. Much like the church plays a big role in African
American communities. It is interesting to note that many Catholic
churches in the Bay area and even in Europe like in Vienna would
have shut down if not for the patronage of immigrant Filipinos.
If you want to reach a Filipino, going through his Church is a very
good way.


Fiesta and Food


Finally the fourth F is Fiesta or a feast, which of course means
food. Filipinos are a happy-go-lucky, life-loving celebratory group
and will give a party at the drop of hat. We are optimistic to a
fault. There is no occasion to the Filipino that is inappropriate
for feasting. Even at funerals we set up a mahjongg tables and drink
beer. Funerals are not one day affairs to us, immediately the coffin
is in the ground we all drive to a restaurant to cry into our
lumpia. Then there is a 9 day novena following where everyone is
well fed each night.


The height our propensity to feast, as seen nowhere else to my
knowledge, is that we can't even have a coup d etat without a
fiesta. During the people power revolution, the tanks and soldiers
were literally crowded out by venders hawking green mango, fish
balls, and pork barbecue and the crowd munched and slurped happily
in between ducking bullets. A great sense of humor is how the
Filipino copes with tragedy.


To us the lechon, the roast pig, the ultimate symbol of lavish
wealth. Researching this talk I came across an article that said
that eating pork is not just a custom, but because Muslims and Jews
do not eat it, perhaps it so important because it is actually an act
of Christian faith!
Every Filipino event is overflowing with food. We tried to bring
some here today but they wouldn't let us. Fiestas in the Filipinos
are so opulent and decadent that one congressman literally tried to
pass a bill outlawing them to save the countrymen from spending all
their savings and getting into huge debt just to put on a good feast.


Lynda Barry the celebrated Filipina cartoonist once wrote:


"My grandmother is from the Philippines and she is the master of
pork preparation. When she lived with us, we always had stacks of
her cooked pork chops in the kitchen. She marinated them in the holy
trinity of vinegar, soy sauce and garlic, fried them until they were
dry and then piled them on a plate. My brothers and I ate them like
cookies during the happiest years of my childhood, a time I
sometimes think of as the Pork days. There we the dozens of people
who drove up in packed cars and walked through the front door
without knocking because they were family, which in the Filipino
sense of the word meant my grandmother had known them for at least
15 minutes. They came because they knew that Grandma plus a heck of
a lot of pork equaled party time. There were no set meal times. We
ate whenever anyone come over and I mean anybody. The paper boy, the
Avon Lady, even the fire inspector whom one of our neighbors called
onus. They all had a plate of pork pansit noodles in their hands
before they could get six words out. Our windows were clouded up
with the steam rising from huge pots of food and the smell of pork
was everywhere. "


Just how often do we feast? A survey showed that FilAms entertain a
whopping 10.6 times a month! A huge marketing opportunity.So those
are the four F's in Filipino: Family, Face and here are some
marketing dos and donts.


Family


• Do package goods and services in family sizes. If Costco didn't
exist a Filipino would have to invent it.
• Do realize that the Filipino buyer is often not the end user of
the product. We shop more for others than we do for ourselves.
Appeal to the family patron.
• Don't underestimate the influence of Seniors on their families.
• Do use word of mouth and referral tactics
• Do use multigenerational marketing
• Do pitch multiple products—the something for everyone in your
family approach.
• Do offer products or services that can be sent back to the
Philippines, do global marketing.
• Do use messaging that praises the Filipino for his ability to take
care of his family


Fiesta


• Do heavily market food products and restaurants, remember we
entertain and average of 10.6 times a month
• Do serve some kind of food if you invite Filipinos to an event,
even if it is a funeral.
• Do accept food whenever it is offered.
• Don't be surprised if when you invite a Filipino over to dinner or
marketing event, he shows up with family or friends. If it is a sit-
down dinner, specify.
• Don't be surprised if Filipinos show up very late for an event.
They are on Filipino time.
• Don't use fear messages, use optimistic messages with party scenes.


Face


• Don't be surprised if a Filipino says yes but means no.
• Don't market in a hard sell manner- it is considered impolite and
you will be avoided.
• Don't assume because a Filipino is shy or will not speak up at a
meeting that he does not have strong opinions or great ideas; Do
urge him to express them.
• Do use Filipino spokespersons and role models where possible.
• Do support immigrant brand loyalties if you want them to remain.
• And most important, do address the local population as Filipino
Americans, not as Filipinos.


Faith


• Do incorporate the Catholic and Muslim calendars into your
marketing calendars, seeing what is seasonal and appropriate.
• Do support parish activities.


And now lets have some fun I told you I would teach you how to
identify and pass for a Filipino:
Greeting: Do greet each other by raising both eyebrows.
Pointing: Do point at something with your lips

There now you've all passed your Filipino course.
Salamat.

Common Sense

Common Sense

Author unknown

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Dr. Jose Rizal, an international Mason

Jose Rizal an ‘int’l Mason,’ says book

Philippine Star
Sunday, December 30, 2007

One of the least known facets of the life of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal,
whose 111th death anniversary is being commemorated today, was his being a
member of a worldwide fraternity called Freemasonry.

According to Filipino historian Reynold Fajardo, in his book “Dimasalang: The
Masonic Life of Dr. Jose Rizal,” Rizal was not only a mason, he was the only
one among the leaders of the revolutionary movement during the
Spanish era who “deserved to be called an international Mason since he was a
member of various Masonic lodges in Spain, Germany, France and possibly,
England.”

Born to educated and middle-class parents— Francisco Mercado and Teodora
Alonso Realonda—in June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna, Rizal was seventh of 11
children. He started his schooling in the neighboring town of Biñan.

He later went to Manila and attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila where he
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1877, after which he enrolled in the
University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then in the
university’s Faculty of Philosophy and Letters until 1882.

Rizal then traveled alone to Madrid, Spain where he studied Medicine at the
Universidad Central de Madrid, earning the degree of Licentiate in Medicine. He
also studied at the University of Paris and earned a second doctorate at the
University of Heidelberg.

According to Fajardo, at the time Rizal was studying in Biñan and Manila,
Masonry was relatively unknown in the Philippines. Masonic lodges were very
few and most of their members were Spaniards.

However, Rizal’s half-uncle, Jose Alberto Alonzo was a Mason and lived in
Spain. Alonzo was made a Knight of the Order of Carlos III and later King
Amadeo, also a Mason, made him to Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel the
Catholic.

Rizal’s elder brother, Paciano, also has several links with Spanish Masons in the
Philippines during the latter’s student days in Manila.

The first documented exposure of Rizal to Masonry was in 1882, Fajardo said.

At that time, he had already completed his fourth year as a medical student at
UST and needed just one more year to graduate “but the urge to study abroad
proved overwhelming.”

On his way to Madrid, his ship docked at Naples on June 11, 1882. He took a coach
for a tour and he saw numerous posters put up by Masons announcing the death of
Giuseppe Garibaldi, their Grand Master.

“Rizal must have been impressed because he later wrote about what he saw in a
letter to his parents and brothers. That letter marked the first time Rizal made
a written mention of Masonry, but it would not be the last,” Fajardo said.

Rizal joined the Acacia Lodge No. 9 in Madrid under the Gran Oriente de España.
So far, there is no exact date as to when Rizal was initiated but based on a
photograph of him wearing the habiliments of the Mason, historians
deduced that he must have been around 23 years old then.

“In accordance with Masonic practices then observed in Spain, Rizal selected a
symbolic name by which he was to be known - Hechose “Dimasalang,” Fajardo said.

“Christianity, the essence and sum total of all religions, reflected in her
virtues all the merits of the others and sanctified humility, stoicism, purity,
adding to these, like a true Oriental, charity—a virtue that later
Mohammedanism elevated to a sublime height,” a portion of Rizal’s Masonic
speech in Spanish read.

After completing his studies in Madrid, he proceeded to France in 1885 to
specialize in Ophthalmology. He then moved to Heildelberg in Germany for
further studies.

In 1889, he also joined the all-Filipino Solidaridad Lodge No. 53 in Madrid
founded by Marcelo del Pilar, Julio Llorente, Antonio Luna, Teodoro Sandico
and others.

In 1891, as his second novel, El Filibusterismo was being printed in
Ghent, Belgium, he applied for admission in the Temple de L’Honneur et de
L’Union, a lodge in Paris, France that had Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera,
Valentin Ventura and Dr. Ariston Baustista as among its members, Fajardo
said.

The Rizal Day 2007 National Organizing Committee has tied up with local
government units for the commemoration of Rizal’s death anniversary today.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Calamba Laguna Mayor Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. and Dapitan
City Mayor Dominador Jalosjos, Jr. will lead wreath-laying rites and other
activities in their respective areas.

Vatican declares Knights Templar innocent for 700th anniversary

***The Roman Catholic Church graciously acknowledged that the Knights Templar
were innocent yesterday (Vatican Information Service, 4th Oct). The news
was reported in the press today, exactly seven days before the 700th anniversary
of the persecution of the Order. The persecution of the Templars began on
Friday, 13 October 1307, when the medieval organisation was unjustly
attacked and driven underground. A letter to the Pope from living
descendents of the Templars appeared in the press in 2004. "We shall witness the
700th anniversary of the persecution of our order on 13th October 2007," the
letter said. "It would be just and fitting for the Vatican to acknowledge
our grievance in advance of this day of mourning." On 25 October 2007, exactly
13 days from the morning of the anniversary, an official document will
be released by the Vatican absolving the Knights Templar and confirming their
innocence. ***

Vatican paper set to clear Knights Templar

The mysteries of the Order of the Knights Templar could soon be laid bare
after the Vatican announced the release of a crucial document which has not been
seen for almost 700 years.

A new book, Processus contra Templarios, will be published by the Vatican's
Secret Archive on Oct 25, and promises to restore the reputation of the
Templars, whose leaders were burned as heretics when the order was dissolved in
1314.

The Knights Templar were a powerful and secretive group of warrior monks during
the Middle Ages. Their secrecy has given birth to endless legends, including one
that they guard the Holy Grail.

Recently, they have been featured in films including The Da Vinci Code and
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The Order was founded by Hugues de Payns, a French knight, after the First
Crusade of 1099 to protect pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. Its headquarters
was the captured Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, which lent the Templars
their name.

But when Jerusalem fell to Muslim rule in 1244, rumours surfaced that the
knights were heretics who worshipped idols in a secret initiation ceremony.

In 1307, King Philip IV "the Fair" of France, in desperate need of funds,
ordered the arrest and torture of all Templars. After confessing various sins
their leader, Jacques de Molay, was burnt at the stake.

Pope Clement V then dissolved the order and issued arrest warrants for all
remaining members. Ever since, the Templars have been thought of as heretics.

The new book is based on a scrap of parchment discovered in the Vatican's
secret archives in 2001 by Professor Barbara Frale. The long-lost document is
a record of the trial of the Templars before Pope Clement, and ends with a
papal absolution from all heresies.

Prof Frale said: "I could not believe it when I found it. The paper was put in
the wrong archive in the 17th century."

The document, known as the Chinon parchment, reveals that the Templars had
an initiation ceremony which involved "spitting on the cross", "denying Jesus"
and kissing the lower back, navel and mouth of the man proposing them.

The Templars explained to Pope Clement that the initiation mimicked the
humiliation that knights could suffer if they fell into the hands of the
Saracens, while the kissing ceremony was a sign of their total obedience.

The Pope concluded that the entrance ritual was not truly blasphemous, as
alleged by King Philip when he had the knights arrested. However, he was forced
to dissolve the Order to keep peace with France and prevent a schism in the church.

"This is proof that the Templars were not heretics," said Prof Frale. "The
Pope was obliged to ask pardon from the knights.

"For 700 years we have believed that the Templars died as cursed men, and this
absolves them."

http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=2623

The Old Masters Wages

*The Old Masters Wages

I met a dear old man today,
Who wore a Masonic pin,
It was old and faded like the man,
Its edges were worn quite thin.

I approached the park bench where he sat,
To give the old brother his due,
I said, "I see you've traveled east,"
He said, "I have, have you"

I said, "I have, and in my day
Before the all seeing sun,
I played in the ruble, with Jubala
Jubalo and Jubalum."

He shouted, "don't laugh at the work my son,
It's good and sweet and true,
And if you've traveled as you said,
You should give these things their due."

The word, the sign, the token,
The sweet Masonic prayer,
The vow that all have taken,
Who've climbed the inner stair.

The wages of a Mason,
Are never paid in gold,
But the gain comes from contentment,
When you're weak and growing old.

You see, I've carried my obligations,
For almost fifty years,
It has helped me through the hardships
And the failures full of tears.

Now I'm losing my mind and body,
Death is near but I don't despair,
I've lived my life upon the level,
And I'm dying upon the square.

Sometimes the greatest lessons
Are those that are learned a new,
And the old man in the park today
Has changed my point of view.

To all Masonic brothers,
The only secret is to care,
May you live your life upon the level,
May you part upon the square.

I See You've Traveled Some

Title: I See You've Traveled Some
Author: Author unknown

Wherever you may chance to be
Wherever you may roam,
Far away in Foreign lands,
Or just at Home, Sweet home
It always gives you pleasure,
It makes your heart strings hum
Just to hear the words of cheer
"I see you've traveled some."

When you get the brother's greeting,
As he takes you by the hand
It thrills you with a feeling
That you cannot understand,
You feel that bond of brotherhood
That aid that's sure to come
When you hear him say
in a friendly way
"I see you've traveled some."

And if you are a stranger,
In strange lands all alone,
If fate has left you stranded
Dead broke and far From home,
O, it's grand and glorious Feeling,
It thrills you--makes you dumb
When he says, with a grip of Fellowship
"I see you've traveled some."

And when your final summons comes,
To take a last long trip,
Adorned with Lambskin Apron White
And gems of fellowship;
The Tiller at the Golden Gate,
With square and rule and plumb
Will size up your pin, and say,
"Walk in--I see you've traveled some."

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